Rochman Laboratory at the University of Toronto and Georgian Bay Forever conducted a study with households adding a filter to the outflow of water from their washing machines and measured the amount of microfibres in the town’s wastewater treatment plant. With approximately 10 per cent of town homes fitted with a filter, the team saw a large decrease in microfibres. Read the full story by Parry Sound North Star.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220110-microfiber-plastic

Patrick Canniff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not able to carry out dredging for Sandusky’s harbor in 2021 as it was lacking a place that could legally accept dredged material. However, the Corps is on track to resume dredging this year by using dredged material to build a new wetland. Read the full story by Sandusky Register.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220110-sandusky

Patrick Canniff

For close to four decades, U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat 40300 was on duty in Lake Michigan and later, in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Now at 81, is among the most recent properties added to the National Register of Historic Places, based on its importance in maritime engineering and maritime history. Read the full story by Capital News Service.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220110-historic-ship

Patrick Canniff

Road salt is threatening the Great Lakes’ fresh waters and creating even bigger problems for the inland rivers, lakes, and aquifers. But decades of experiments have yet to yield an alternative anywhere near as effective and affordable. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220103-salt

Patrick Canniff

Wisconsin is set to receive nearly $143 million to rebuild the state’s water infrastructure and address harmful lead and “forever chemical” contaminations across the state, a first installment from the newly passed federal infrastructure bill that includes hundreds of millions more in the coming years. Read the full story by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-wisconsin

Patrick Canniff

Lake Superior State University has officially opened its $14.2-million Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education. The two-story 18,000-square-foot building includes the Great Lakes Discovery Center, and space for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Michigan Sea Grant. Read the full story by The Sault Star.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-freshwater-research

Patrick Canniff

Community activists and environmentalists reacted with disappointment to approval by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of a one-year permit extension for a “confined disposal facility” on Lake Michigan operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read the full story by WTTW-TV – Chicago, IL.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-illinois

Patrick Canniff

More than 10,000 acres of land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have avoided losing protection. The grounds known as the Slate River Timberlands were recently acquired by the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit group, after nearly 60 years under a family’s ownership. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-conservation

Patrick Canniff

The vacant site of a coal-fired power plant on Lake Ontario is set to sprout 8,000 homes, 200,000 square feet of retail and 1.8 million square feet of offices under a plan to transform it into “destination waterfront.” Read the full story by The Real Deal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-ontario-waterfront

Patrick Canniff

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the completion of the restoration of the North Sandy Pond barrier bar. The project funds were awarded to the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County, as part of the State’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The North Sandy Pond barrier bar is part of the largest barrier-pond ecosystem on Lake Ontario’s New York shore. Read the full story by Watertown Daily Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-restoration

Patrick Canniff

A 9-year-old Michigan resident became a champion of a fish that hasn’t been in Michigan for 85 years. Declan O’Reilly has raised over $1,400 for the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative fledgling and has started an Arctic grayling club. Read the full story by Associated Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-arctic-grayling

Patrick Canniff

Residents along the Lake Erie shoreline have been fighting against wind turbines in and around Lake Erie for the last 13 years. As residents were ramping up opposition, the pandemic limited their efforts. As restrictions ease, they held their first big meeting since totaling 60 people, which consisted primarily of boaters and fishermen. Read the full story by Observer Today.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211213-turbines-erie

Patrick Canniff

A conference discussing research and policy on chemicals called PFAS starts today. The “Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit” is a week-long event where policymakers, environmentalists and researchers can learn about how to address the threat posed by PFAS. Read the full story by WNMU-FM – Marquette, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-pfas-summit

Patrick Canniff

Under the plan proposed by For Love of Water, a nonprofit environmental organization in Traverse City, Michigan residents would pay 3 to 6 cents and bottled water companies would pay 25 cents per gallon of water they pump from the ground to package and sell. Read the full story by Capital News Service.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-bottled-water

Patrick Canniff

A new project using a sophisticated system of receivers across Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron will help guide researchers in their efforts to return state-threatened lake sturgeon to the Saginaw Bay system.  Read the full story by WSGW-TV – Saginaw, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-sturgeon-fish

Patrick Canniff

Scientists with Fisheries and Oceans Canada spurred an online furor this week by posting photos of a nearly four-pound goldfish found as part of ongoing three-year project with the goal to study what can be done to control the exploding aquarium released pond populations and prevent ecological damage and potential release to Lake Ontario. Read the full story by Welland Tribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-goldfish

Patrick Canniff

More than a century ago, townspeople wearied of looking at the fire-torched hull of the SS Muskegon, which had been abandoned in the Michigan City marina. So they dragged it out into Lake Michigan and sank it. Now the shipwreck of the 211-foot freighter that sank near Mount Baldy in Michigan City in 1911 could become Indiana’s second underwater preserve. Read the full story by the Northwest Indiana Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-indiana-shipwreck

Patrick Canniff

Indiana Dunes’ iconic Mount Baldy dune is gradually creeping inland and now covers part of a popular road. Park officials hope to preserve access to Mount Baldy but don’t have a plan to address its shifting sands. Read the full story by Travel Awaits.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-indiana-dunes

Patrick Canniff

Lefroy Harbour Resorts in Innisfil, Ontario was recognized at this year’s 39th annual Conservation Awards, hosted by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), for its efforts to keep the lake clean and pristine through water quality protection efforts including microplastic collecting Seabins. Read the full story by BarrieToday.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211206-harbor

Patrick Canniff

There are mystery holes that are one of the only pieces of physical evidence that indicates what almost became a reality. In the age of canal building during the industrial revolution, the proposed Georgian Bay Ship Canal megaproject connecting the St. Lawrence River to the Georgian Bay was being exhaustively evaluated. Read the full story by Collingwood Today.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211122-shipping

Patrick Canniff

Installing filters on washing machines could be a simple and effective way to catch the microscopic particles our clothes shed, according to a study released this week by the University of Toronto and nonprofit Georgian Bay Forever. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211122-microfiber-pollution

Patrick Canniff

In late 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health released a study about levels of mercury in the blood of infants born in the Lake Superior watershed. The study showed that 10% of the infants in the Minnesota portion of the watershed had mercury levels that exceeded health limits. Read the full story by Duluth News-Tribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211122-mercury-minnesota

Patrick Canniff

A $17.8 million federal grant will help complete the final 17 segments of a 60-mile continuous trail that connects Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The US Department of Transportation awarded the Marquette Greenway project a 2021 RAISE grant, which will be managed by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Read the full story by Northwest Indiana Business.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211122-trail

Patrick Canniff

A U.S. Navy warship won’t be dropping anchor in Erie anytime soon. While efforts are ongoing to bring a decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate to Presque Isle Bay and turn it into a floating naval museum, a steep fundraising goal and an arduous Navy approval process could slow the project for years. Read the full story by Erie Times-News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211122-ship-museum

Patrick Canniff

Water levels on lakes Erie and St. Clair remain well above average, leaving vulnerable shoreline areas at risk. Average daily levels on Lake Erie at the beginning of November were around 174.71 m, which is down about 43 cm from last year’s peak daily average record set at the end of May. Read the full story by Chatham Daily News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211108-lake-levels

Patrick Canniff